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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': Senator David Hale helps work to impose sanctions and a barricade around Themyscira at the behest of his villainous girlfriend Victoria Cale with the end goal being war with the Amazons in order to steal their technology and other resources.


* Season 3 of ''Series/StrangerThings'' has Mayor Peter Kline, who is revealed to have sold out to the Soviets, helping them to use legal loopholes to push out local land owners so that they can buy the land and build the Starcourt Mall on it as a cover for their ElaborateUndergroundBase. In his defense, he seems genuinely scared of them and implies he was forced into it, but that hasn't stopped him from continuing along with it even though he has the evidence to expose them.

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* Season 3 of ''Series/StrangerThings'' has Mayor Peter Larry Kline, who is revealed to have sold out to the Soviets, helping them to use legal loopholes to push out local land owners so that they can buy the land and build the Starcourt Mall on it as a cover for their ElaborateUndergroundBase. In his defense, he seems genuinely scared of them and implies he was forced into it, but that hasn't stopped him from continuing along with it even though he has the evidence to expose them.

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* Season 3 of ''Series/StrangerThings'' has Mayor Peter Kline, who is revealed to have sold out to the Soviets, helping them to use legal loopholes to push out local land owners so that they can buy the land and build the Starcourt Mall on it as a cover for their ElaborateUndergroundBase. In his defense, he seems genuinely scared of them and implies he was forced into it, but that hasn't stopped him from continuing along with it even though he has the evidence to expose them.

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* Lucius Cassius from ''Literature/DarkShores'' uses favors, {{Blackmail}} and considerate fortune (acquired through shady means) to rise to the position of consul of Celendrial Empire. And everyone knows that he is not going to be a good leader of the country, as he is too hungry for power and conquest.

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* On the ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' episode "Where Nobody Knows Your Name" (Season 9, episode 4, original airdate October 11, 1990), Sam goes to visit [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Robin Colcord]] in his country club prison. As they leave the tennis court, an older man walks in and Sam points to him and says, "I voted for that guy."


** Senator Robert Kelly, often seen as a dark satire of UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy, is likely the most well-known. He was originally the mastermind behind the Mutant Control Act and Project: Wideawake, government programs aimed at creating the updated Sentinels to hunt down and kill mutants. He was a main antagonist in ''ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast'', ''ComicBook/XMenNoir'', and the AlternateUniverse setting ''ComicBook/HouseOfM''. (But in ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse'', another AlternateUniverse, he was a good guy, if a little naive.) He was also a recurring villain in the animated series.

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** Senator Robert Kelly, often seen as a dark satire of UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy, is likely the most well-known. He was originally the mastermind behind the Mutant Control Act and Project: Wideawake, government programs aimed at creating the updated Sentinels to hunt down and kill mutants. He was a main antagonist in ''ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast'', ''ComicBook/XMenNoir'', and the AlternateUniverse setting ''ComicBook/HouseOfM''. (But in ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse'', another AlternateUniverse, he was a good guy, if a little naive.) He was also a recurring villain in the film and animated series.adaptations, though he experienced a level of AdaptationalHeroism in the animated series from the 1990s.


When you walk into a ChezRestaurant, you can expect to find the Corrupt Politician eating dinner with the CorruptHick, the CorruptCorporateExecutive, the [[DirtyCop Police Commissioner]] and TheDon. He's probably on good terms with some [[AristocratsAreEvil evil aristocrats]], [[EvilPrince princes]], and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen queens]], as well. Unlike the rest of them, the Corrupt Politician had to go through an election. Or at least the appearance of an election. The Corrupt Politician will assure them all that the CorruptBureaucrat, who he appointed, will do what they want.

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When you walk into a ChezRestaurant, you can expect to find the Corrupt Politician eating dinner with the CorruptHick, the CorruptCorporateExecutive, the [[DirtyCop Police Commissioner]] and TheDon. He's probably on good terms with some [[AristocratsAreEvil evil aristocrats]], [[EvilPrince princes]], and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen queens]], as well. Unlike the rest of them, the Corrupt Politician had to go through an election. Or at least the appearance of an election. The Corrupt Politician will assure them all that the CorruptBureaucrat, who whom he appointed, will do what they want.


Some politicians want to make the world a better place. They run for office and stay up late trying to help their constituents. [[WellThisIsNOtThatTrope This is not their trope.]]

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Some politicians want to make the world a better place. They run for office and stay up late trying to help their constituents. [[WellThisIsNOtThatTrope [[WellThisIsNotThatTrope This is not their trope.]]

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* In ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' the City Council is ironically made less threatening by being this. As an immortal HiveMind of [[HumanoidAbomination Humanoid Abominations]] who've ruled the town since its inception and supposedly will one day assume their true form and devour it, the fact they also waste millions on ill-conceived public works projects, charge exorbitant prices for the bloodstones they have a monopoly on, and deflect blame or skip town whenever things go wrong is what makes them comical.

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** The Primes before Optimus recovered [[OnlyGoodPeopleMayPass the true Matrix]] were even worse: Nominus was a pawn of the Senate, Sentinel used his position to push for [[TheSocialDarwinist social Darwinist ideals]], and Zeta took about four seconds to go from "friendly and approachable guy" to "blinged-out robot Skeletor".

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bandolero|Animation}}'' has Governor Campomayor. It's implied in some chapters that he become one thanks to Don Rodrigo's influence. [[spoiler: Fortunately for the townspeople, at the end of the series he becomes nicer and sees the error in his ways]]


* In the [=PlayStation 4=] ''[[VideoGame/SpiderManPS4 Spider-Man]]'' game, Norman Osborn is the mayor of New York city in addition to CEO and owner of Oscorp. As such, a lot of his decisions are made with consideration for how it could benefit his company, something that really grates on former-friend and business partner [[spoiler:Otto Octavius]].

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* In the [=PlayStation 4=] ''[[VideoGame/SpiderManPS4 Spider-Man]]'' game, Norman Osborn is the mayor of New York city City in addition to CEO and owner of Oscorp. As such, a lot of his decisions are made with consideration for how it could benefit his company, something that really grates on former-friend and business partner [[spoiler:Otto Octavius]].

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* In the [=PlayStation 4=] ''[[VideoGame/SpiderManPS4 Spider-Man]]'' game, Norman Osborn is the mayor of New York city in addition to CEO and owner of Oscorp. As such, a lot of his decisions are made with consideration for how it could benefit his company, something that really grates on former-friend and business partner [[spoiler:Otto Octavius]].

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* A running theme in ''Franchise/StarTrek'', starting with [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]] and culminating with [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]], is the endemic corruption of the Klingon ruling class, despite their cultural emphasis on personal honor. First is the House of Duras, whose members (at least those we see) have conspired with foreign powers to subvert their own government. Next is Chancellor Gowron, who ''might'' be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure if not for his habit of putting personal ambition over the good of the Empire. Through all of this, the High Council's primary duty appears to be covering their own asses whenever there's a scandal.

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